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THE ROSE OF OLD ST. LOUIS

by

MARY DILLON

With Illustrations by André Castaigne and C. M. Relyea

[Illustration: "'Very well, I shall expect to hear from you'"]

[Illustration]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright, 1904, by The Century Co. Published July, 1904 Reprinted July, 1904, August, 1904, September, 1904, October, 1904, December, 1904, January, 1906, February, 1907

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I I MAKE MY BOW IN CAHOKIA 3

II I PROPOSE A TOAST 17

III I MEET AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE 31

IV I MAKE AN ENGAGEMENT 44

V I GO TO A PICNIC ON CHOUTEAU'S POND 55

VI WHIPPOORWILLS 79

VII I TWINE CHRISTMAS GREENS 92

VIII I GO TO MIDNIGHT MASS 104

IX MADAME CHOUTEAU'S BALL 119

X LA GUIGNOLÉE 135

XI CHOISSEZ LE ROI 147

XII A MIDNIGHT FRAY 157

XIII "A PRETTY BOY!" 168

XIV A CREOLE LOVE SONG 181

XV "AU REVOIR" 203

XVI A VIRGINIA FARMER 212

XVII A GREAT DEBATE 225

XVIII A MAGIC COACH 245

XIX CHECK TO THE ABBÉ! 266

XX BONAPARTE GIVES ENGLAND A RIVAL 281

XXI A TEMPEST IN A BATH TUB 308

XXII MR. MONROE ARRIVES! 328

XXIII THE CONSUL'S SENTENCE 338

XXIV A NEW CHEVALIER OF FRANCE 363

XXV THE COMTESSE DE BALOIT SENDS FOR HER HUNTER 375

XXVI THE CONSUL'S COMMISSION 386

XXVII "GOOD BY, SWEETHEART!" 397

XXVIII EXIT LE CHEVALIER 414

XXIX UNDER THE OLD FLAG 426

XXX THE ROSE OF ST. LOUIS 448

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"'Very well, I shall expect to hear from you'" Frontispiece

"In solitary dignity stood Black Hawk" 152

"He stopped and turned suddenly to the two ministers" 295

The Signing of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by Marbois, Livingston, and Monroe 370

FOREWORD

My story does not claim to be history, but in every important historical detail it is absolutely faithful to the records of the times as I have found them. Every word of the debate in Congress, every word of Marbois, Livingston, Decrés, Napoleon, and his two brothers on the subject of the Louisiana Cession is verbatim from the most authentic accounts. I am indebted for the historical part of my story to Gayarré's "History of Louisiana," to Martin's "History of Louisiana," to James K. Hosmer's "History of the Louisiana Purchase," to Lucien Bonaparte's "Memoirs," to numerous lives of Napoleon, Jefferson, Talleyrand, and others, and particularly to Marbois himself, whose account of the negotiations on the subject of the cession is preserved in his own handwriting in the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

As to the local color of old St. Louis, both in its topographical setting and in its customs, I have also tried to be exact. And here I am very largely indebted to that simple and charming old writer, H. M. Brackenridge, in his "Recollections of the West" and in his "Views of Louisiana"; and also to Timothy Flint in his "Recollections"; to J. Thomas Scharf's interesting "History of St... Continue reading book >>




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